by Sydney Michalski

Piles are in the nature of woodworking….

This is mainly because you don’t usually walk outside, cut one piece, come inside, and make one item out of it…Rather, you cut a pile, rive a pile, de-bark a pile, make a pile of blanks, rough out a pile, dry a pile, and then finish a pile!

Right now, most of our wood for woodworking projects is what you might call a by-product of clearing our land. You see, we have to clear the land for certain things, like clearing the power line, clearing trees back from the house, clearing a road in the forest, and clearing farmland. Whenever we clear, we first section out anything we can use for building timbers. Then, we section out anything Joe can use for woodworking. Then, we section out anything we can use for firewood. Then, we chip the rest into mulch for the farm. This process has developed out of our desire to be good stewards of what the Lord has given us, to put all things to their best use, and put everything we can to some good use…

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58, KJV)

And that means, piles!

This pile of bucks is waiting to be split into stools. Of course, whatever won’t split properly for a stool will then be set aside into its proper pile for its next-best-use, whether its a pile for treen or a pile for legs or a pile for the fire.
And this pile is drying, ready for final finishing. Then it will go into a pile of inventory!
This pile of blanks is waiting to be roughed into shape. Then it will go into a pile to finish drying.
This pile is an overhead pile. We store wood in the rafters that is dried and ready for future furniture use. These are the pieces that don’t directly become a spoon or a dish or a spreader, but instead will be assembled into boxes and chairs and stools and benches and tables.

Of course, for larger furniture, you need larger pieces, and those piles are out back!

From the tree…..pile by pile…..to your home!

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